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Since its establishment in 1645, Kinkozan has been a long-established pottery company in Awataguchi, Kyoto, which also handled items for the Shogun’s household.

The kiln is located in Awataguchi, Kyoto, and has been used to produce items for the Shogun’s household.

Around 1870, Kinkozan Sobei VI developed a new method of painting, based on the Satsuma porcelain gold brocade technique, and actively created gorgeous and luxurious works for the Western market.

At that time, the latter half of the 19th century was also known as the “age of expositions,” and world expositions were actively held overseas.

After Kinkozan Sobei, the seventh generation, took over the reigns of the family in 1884, the momentum continued, and along with the feverish excitement of Japonism, Kinkozan ‘s works became popular as “SATSUMA,” the world’s most detailed depiction, and received numerous awards.

Among such works by Kinkozan, extremely rare are outstanding miniatures with rich colors and ultra-detailed painting.

Most of these pieces are inscribed with the name “Sozan,” and the rare pieces created by Sozan, the most talented potter in the history of Kinkozan, can be considered masterpieces of the Kinkozan kiln.


【Awards at expositions】

1876 Kyoto Exposition

1877 The 1st National Industrial Exhibition

1979 Sydney World Exposition

1883 World’s Fair in Amsterdam

1888 World’s Fair in Barcelona

1893 Chicago World’s Fair

1900 World’s Fair in Paris

1903 The 5th National Industrial Exhibition

1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

1905 World Exposition in Liège

1906 World Exposition in Milan

【Domestic and International Locations】

British Museum (UK)

Victoria & Albert Museum (U.K.)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, U.S.A.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA

Museum of Ethnology (Austria)

Tokyo National Museum

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Akasaka Geihinkan Japanese Style Annex


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